Before and Again

Before and Again

by Barbara Delinsky

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Overview

Mackenzie Cooper does not want to be who she was -- the one who was driving with her eyes on her phone just long enough to cause a deadly accident that cost her everything. In order to survive, she becomes someone new, someone better . . . until the past returns. Before and Again is a story of vital relationships -- mothers and daughters, spouses and siblings, true companions and fair weather friends -- and the courage it takes to make them work.



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432853334
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 07/25/2018
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 679
Sales rank: 542,823
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

BARBARA DELINSKY is the author of more than twenty New York Times bestselling books. She has been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a B.A. in psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology at Boston College. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, more books than she'll ever be able to read, two tennis racquets, and enough electronic devices to keep in close touch with her children and their families.

Hometown:

Newton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

August 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Boston, Massachusetts

Education:

B.A. in Psychology, Tufts University, 1967; M.A. in Sociology, Boston College, 1969

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Before and Again 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written story about mother's love, overcoming tragedy, and the strength of friendship - one of Ms Delinsky's best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading her books for many years and this is one of her best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky St Martin’s Press Women’s fiction, digital ARC June 2018 Thank you to St Martin’s Press/NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this digital ARC. Sometimes life leads in directions that can’t be predicted. This was certainly true for Mackenzie Cooper, a dedicated mother, wife and sculptor. When she is held responsible for a fatal car accident which kills her young daughter, Mackenzie’s life is forever. The accident destroyed her self esteem, her career, her marriage and relationships with family and friends. changed. Unable to forgive herself and the the aftermath that follows, she moves to Vermont to reinvent herself. In Vermont, Maggie Reid is able to live a simple life in Devon where the residents all seem to have their own reasons for moving to this quaint town. Trying to maintain a low profile until her probation is complete is a mandatory requirement. Michael Shanahan, her probation officer, makes frequent visits to ensure she maintains compliance. She manages to keep her past a secret working as a makeup artist at an upscale spa. The spa becomes a refuge for the broken hearted who work through their grieve working at the spa. Maggie forms many close relationships which don’t require reliving the past. Maggie befriends Grace who has moved there as a massage therapist with her teenage son, Chris who is eventually accused of a major hacking incident. This brings a media spotlight that slowly unravels a town which values their privacy. It seems Maggie is not the only resident with a past she’d rather forget. Risking her own probation, Maggie continues to support her friend while trying to avoid the media attention. This novel explores how it’s possible to find redemption and reconciliation with the past. Before one can truly move forward it is important to reconcile with the past, again. This necessary experience can allow healing and resolution of guilt which ultimately prevents living one’s best life. Another brilliant novel by a beloved author with complex characters and rich storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the ending! ? thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great summer read!
PNWBookworm More than 1 year ago
This book is a heart breaking tale that blew me away. I have read many of Delinsky’s books and they are all moving and emotional and this one was no different. I immediately connected with the main character and felt for her situation. There were so many different emotions I went through while reading this and it made the book one that I couldn’t put down. The book is character driven and shows up how you can suffer a catastrophic loss and rebuild your life one small step at a time. The story is also full of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. I highly recommend adding this book to your summer reading list, you will not regret it!
Anonymous 9 days ago
Great read. I enjoyed the complexities of the characters and their struggles to move forward in their lives.
Anonymous 4 months ago
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Anonymous 6 months ago
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Bridgett Deem Nelson More than 1 year ago
The first Barbara Delinsky book I read, Sweet Salt Air, made me wonder about her obsession with herbs. This book? It's roads. I've never seen a book go into such depth about the texture of the road, the direction of the road, what the road leads to, what other roads connect to the main road, what you see when you're driving on the road...it's endless! And boring. Ultimately, I felt that way about the whole book. It's just slow. I didn't love any of the characters, and frankly, the synopsis is misleading. While there is a story thread about Mackenzie dealing with an alleged criminal friend, the story line is mostly romantic...Mackenzie reuniting with her ex-husband. The best part of the book was Mackenzie's pets...Jonah the elderly dog and her two black kitties. I appreciated the way Mackenzie rescued them from a shelter, despite the fact they weren't "desirable" selections. Whether or not it's due to superstition, I have no idea, but black animals are rarely adopted in shelters across the country. Makes me sad. Our little black pug is my favorite. Bottom line, I gave her a fair shot, but I think I'm finished with Barbara Delinsky novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely+loved+this+book%21%0AIt%27s+one+of+her+best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEFORE AND AGAIN begins with Mackenzie Cooper trying to find the house where her five-year-old daughter, Lilly has a scheduled playdate. Mackenzie is in an unfamiliar area and takes her eyes off the road for a glance at her GPS. In this mere moment, Mackenzie failed to see the stop sign. Not stopping at the stop sign, Mackenzie’s SUV gets hit by a vehicle traveling at an excessive rate of speed. The death of Mackenzie’s daughter Lilly became the undoing of a loving family that had the picture-perfect life. The judge presiding over Mackenzie’s trial was determined to make an example out of her and sentenced her to five years of probation. Mackenzie’s marriage fell apart, and her friends and family blamed her for Lilly’s death. Cloaked in guilt and grief, after her divorce, Mackenzie disappears to recreate a new life for herself where no one knows her. She became Maggie Reid, went to cosmetology school and instead of showing her artistry through the work she had done with clay in her previous life, she became a makeup artist and settled in Devon, Vermont. No one knew her; no one asked questions about her past or where she had lived before. Devon accepted Maggie. She found a job at a high-end spa, bought a small house and got herself a dog and two cats. What no one knew was that Maggie suffered a mother’s grief of losing a child and she continued to live with the guilt of “killing her daughter.” Her guilt and pain led to frequent panic attacks and her inability to move air through her lungs. Maggie keeps her secret from everyone, including her best friend, Grace. Maggie has only a few months left on probation when Grace’s teenage son gets arrested for hacking into computer systems, and Maggie must decide whether she will stick by Grace and support her or walk away to protect herself from further trouble. What Maggie never imagined was the reemergence of her ex-husband, and in Devon, Vermont of all places. Maggie’s brother showing up next in Devon at Maggie’s small home turned her life upside down; this was her place, her world and she did not want her ex-husband or her brother in Devon. I could go on about all the twists and turns that continue in Barbara Delinsky’s MUST READ novel BEFORE AND AGAIN. I have read many books, but I cannot remember the last time I have read such a poignant story filled with believable characters as is found in this novel, each character working to escape their pasts for different reasons. Delinsky’s book is a book that could be anyone’s life. Moreover, her characters are characters that some of us have been, have known, and some of us will recognize ourselves, or will at some point in our lifetime. When one speaks of human emotions, whether it be love, fear, loss, anger, regret, sadness, trust, misunderstandings, hope, second chances, etc., every one of these emotions and more are experienced while reading BEFORE AND AGAIN. I will not support a book if it does not have all the parts required that make-up a captivating story. In case you missed it at the beginning of my review, Barbara Delinsky has twenty-two New York Bestselling novels. That speaks volumes about her writing and where BEFORE AND AGAIN is headed. As I also said, I regret having never read any of Barbara’s books before now. I’ve got much catching up to do. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press, Barbara Delinsky and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. D.B. Moone
Shai Martin More than 1 year ago
Before and Again is the first novel by Barbara Delinsky that I've got to read, thanks to the publisher for providing a reading copy of the book. Maggie's traumatic past and on how she tries to handle her new life is an engrossing story, however, there are some parts that I found too slow or a bit boring to read. Perhaps those portions could have been omitted without making a big difference in the flow of the story. Maggie's story will touch readers in some way, and it is also another great novel about loss, grief, friendship, moving forward and forgiveness. Several people could be able to connect with Maggie particularly on the aspects of loss and grief. Lastly, there are a handful of remarkable quotes that I think are really relatable such as, "Parents can be narrow-minded when it comes to the dreams they have for their kids."
Debi_2014andBeyond More than 1 year ago
I have read many Barbara Delinsky books over the years so when I saw this book on NetGalley I requested it. Maggie Reid (formerly known as Mackenzie Cooper) lost everything in an accident and this is the story of how she tried to rebuild her life moving forward, but finds herself swept back into her old life. This is a story of redemption and finding peace. The story also shows readers how being honest and sharing your truth helps you find peace in the end. Before and Again was full of emotion and the characters were well written and realistic. I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I really did! Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for and honest review.
Librarypage_Paralegal1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and found it hard to put it down!
SL22268 More than 1 year ago
Thanks so much to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to review this book. Great book! The book starts out as a heartbroken mother (Maggie, then Mackenzie) loses her child through an unfortunate mistake on her part. Fast forward and she is living in a new town and trying to start over. Her best friend ends up having a crisis of her own and it makes Maggie look at her own life and see how things might have been. Through persistence and forgiveness - to others and herself - she finds happiness again. I really loved this book!
TBRetc More than 1 year ago
I have complicated feelings about this book. I thought it had a fantastic premise- Mackenzie Cooper is publicly shamed for having taken her eyes off the road for a minute to check her GPS. Her 5 year old daughter is killed, as was the other driver, and her name was dragged through the mud. So much so that her name is now synonymous with distracted driving and the Mackenzie Cooper law is created. She loses everything- her child, her husband Edward, and reputation and moves to Devon, a small town in Connecticut to start over. She's working as an artist and a makeup artist and things are going well, until she sees her ex-husband in town. He, along with her best friend's son who just got into major, public, trouble, threaten to destroy everything she's worked to rebuild. I liked Mackenzie (Maggie). She was an everyday person who was facing the impossible. This story was very character driven and I feel like we got to know Mackenzie well. Her decisions sometimes irritated me (some decisions that seem obvious to the reader take her for-ev-er to realize) but I walked away being invested into her story. The character that I didn't feel invested in was Grace. Grace is Mackenzie's best friend and the mother of the son who has been accused of hacking. The plot of the story hinges on her being this damaged yet lovable character, but I didn't get any of that from her. We eventually find out why she comes across as erratic and what happened in her life before Devon, but that comes so late into the book it felt rushed and thrown in as an afterthought. My biggest problem with this book was that it was LONG. Over 400 pages, and there is not that much going on. The author takes her time going places and adds a ton of information that I didn't think was necessary to the characters or the plot. In one section, it took us 3 pages for Mackenzie to travel to the post office. In another we meet a character from Mackenzie's past and talk about his clothing for two pages. It does give you a very vivid picture of the town of Devon and its residents, but in places I found myself fighting the temptation to skim. What dialogue there was was realistic, but there were a lot of internal musings in between. I debated putting the book down about 30% in, but I found I was too interested in knowing how things were going to work out for Grace's son and with Mackenzie and Edward to let go. Their relationship was what saved the book for me. Overall, 3/5.
TBRetc More than 1 year ago
I have complicated feelings about this book. I thought it had a fantastic premise- Mackenzie Cooper is publicly shamed for having taken her eyes off the road for a minute to check her GPS. Her 5 year old daughter is killed, as was the other driver, and her name was dragged through the mud. So much so that her name is now synonymous with distracted driving and the Mackenzie Cooper law is created. She loses everything- her child, her husband Edward, and reputation and moves to Devon, a small town in Connecticut to start over. She's working as an artist and a makeup artist and things are going well, until she sees her ex-husband in town. He, along with her best friend's son who just got into major, public, trouble, threaten to destroy everything she's worked to rebuild. I liked Mackenzie (Maggie). She was an everyday person who was facing the impossible. This story was very character driven and I feel like we got to know Mackenzie well. Her decisions sometimes irritated me (some decisions that seem obvious to the reader take her for-ev-er to realize) but I walked away being invested into her story. The character that I didn't feel invested in was Grace. Grace is Mackenzie's best friend and the mother of the son who has been accused of hacking. The plot of the story hinges on her being this damaged yet lovable character, but I didn't get any of that from her. We eventually find out why she comes across as erratic and what happened in her life before Devon, but that comes so late into the book it felt rushed and thrown in as an afterthought. My biggest problem with this book was that it was LONG. Over 400 pages, and there is not that much going on. The author takes her time going places and adds a ton of information that I didn't think was necessary to the characters or the plot. In one section, it took us 3 pages for Mackenzie to travel to the post office. In another we meet a character from Mackenzie's past and talk about his clothing for two pages. It does give you a very vivid picture of the town of Devon and its residents, but in places I found myself fighting the temptation to skim. What dialogue there was was realistic, but there were a lot of internal musings in between. I debated putting the book down about 30% in, but I found I was too interested in knowing how things were going to work out for Grace's son and with Mackenzie and Edward to let go. Their relationship was what saved the book for me. Overall, 3/5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this author's books. This one not so much. Page after page about the most mudane things. This author is so much better than this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We all have regrets: the terrible relationship, bad career choice, wrong move at the wrong time. However, some of us have done things that destroy lives, our own and others. The destruction is epic, unbelievable, and total. What do we do next? If you’re Maggie in Barbara Delinsky’s Before and Again, you reinvent yourself in a new place where no one knows you as Mackenzie Cooper, the woman and mother who did the unthinkable. There are no accusations, no sidelong glances, whispers as you leave the room. You give your best, share aspects of your talent with this new world, having abandoned the work that defined you, the life that you made that left destruction, regret, bitter anger in its wake. Maggie lives with a box of regrets tucked under her bed in her new house with her cats and a dog, the only ones she lives with now. She is happy enough, even with the daily reminders of who she once was and what she did. Her life is quiet now, with a few close friends, her job as make-up artist, her passion for pottery. She is known for being kind, generous, loyal. With her practical jeans, flannel, and boots, it would be tough to imagine her as the beautiful woman living a privileged, secure life, adored wife with 5 year old daughter, thriving art career, and big house. In this new version of her life, Maggie is a make-up artist, throws pottery, and is kind, generous, thoughtful, a wonderful friend. A moment’s distraction destroyed her previous life, broke her heart and every relationship she had, left her broken with nowhere to turn; she is determined to keep her life on an even keel even if she wants more. This is where the story begins, with Maggie once Mackenzie living in her safe enclave five years after unthinkable. More unthinkable arrives in her town, from her friend’s own tragedy that threatens to expose Maggie’s hard-won security to the ex-husband creating his own new life, others from the past who turn up again. While Delinsky’s story explores regret, about integrating the past into the present, it is ultimately about love. Her story is about all love: lovers, parents, friends, and love for your own life, how you define yourself and live what is most important to you. I loved living in this small town in Vermont, watching the inevitable revelations unwind. Delinsky is a master at parsing the particulars, from the legal system to the world of work. Where she is brilliant is in exploring how we create and shape the stories of who we are to live — and what happens when we change our stories to embrace who we are right now with all we have experienced and learned. If it seems that I am an avid fan, it’s because I am. For years, I have admired Delinsky’s work for its unflinching, compassionate, and wise stories. The characters feel like people I know. I look forward to seeing them, to hearing what they have to say — and that statement is not an exaggeration or a metaphor. Delinsky writes real, writes real people in real places, grounds them in a time and a place and a situation. I’m there for the entire ride from here to what comes next. This is a story that challenges — and that is why I put it down the first time that I started reading it. Mackenzie is driving her child to a playdate in a remote area with no signs, no way to tell where they are since there is no GPS, no signal so she can call for help. I’ve lived that situation. Delinsky described how it felt when I first moved to Connecticut, no child in the backseat, but the crushing pres
Selena More than 1 year ago
I received a free e-copy of Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky from NetGalley for my honest review. A powerful and heartfelt story of a woman, (Maggie) who has a happy life, wonderful home, a handsome husband (Ned) and beautiful child. In one quick moment, while driving, gets distracted and looses what is most precious to any parent. Maggie's life changed in so many ways after that day. She had to live with the guilt of the loss, her shattered marriage, and the hate and anger of her family and even her friends. My heart ached with sorrow for all Maggie went through. She starts her life over in another town where only one person knows her story. Then one day her Ex-husband and brother move into her town and she has to face all of her fears head on. Maggie's before story, although so horrifically sad, gets to have an again story which can be beautiful and wonderful if she could only forgive herself. Beautifully and powerfully written. 5 Stars.
txjewkat More than 1 year ago
Outstanding. If you aren’t a fan of Barbara Delinsky you will be. The best she has written and she has written fantastic books. “Before and Again” is very relatable. The life of Maggie before an automobile accident and again after. All actions have consequences. It doesn’t have to be an automobile accident, it could be any action one makes which turns the direction one goes. Everyone has a past, a present and future. I had to make it an all day and night read. I couldn’t put it down. Bravo to Ms. Delinsky for bringing her best to us.
MTCKMason More than 1 year ago
In "Before and Again," Barbara Delinsky brings us to the town of Devon, Vermont and the lives of the people in it. Here you will meet local residents and the others, or those who came to escape their pasts and reinvent themselves. Makeup artist Maggie Reid lives a quiet life used to the routine she has set for herself. All of this changes when massage therapist and friend Grace Emory receives a frantic call about her son Chris. When her past shows up and starts to invade her present, Maggie must decide how she will go forward and who she ultimately wants to be in life. Barbara Delinsky shares a story with universal themes of love, friendship, family, and forgiveness and how fragile and exposed a person feels when their whole world crumbles and they are left with nothing. I enjoyed the story lines between Maggie and those she came in contact with in Devon and learning about its residents. I was excited to read about how the issues that came up would be resolved. I found it frustrating at times when Maggie held onto her self doubt tightly and tried to keep the past exactly in the past jeopardizing the possibility of leading a truly happy and fulfilling life.
UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
Before and Again by Barbara Delinksy was a heart wrenching, soul crushing life changer that left my chest aching in all the right ways. Imagine you take your eyes off the road for just a moment and your entire life is turned upside down. That’s what happens to Mackenzie. The life she had cannot be put back together so she runs away from what she knows to try and rebuild a new existence where no one recognizes her. Her marriage is over and her family doesn’t speak to her, so she finds a small town and makes new friends under the name Maggie, with other like-minded people who prefer to live under the radar for one reason or another. Maggie spends her time working as a makeup artist by day and dabbling in pottery occasionally on the side, which was how she used to make a living before her past life came tragically crashing down. Her newly created life was going really well until a friend’s son is accused of hacking into a high profile Twitter account and everyone’s small town lives become public. As Maggie is thrown back into the public spotlight, she fears her past may come back to haunt her after all these years in hiding. Can Maggie continue to support her friend while keeping her true identity hidden? This book dug deep, provoking a gamut of feelings including sadness, loss, love, forgiveness and survival. There was a beautiful thread of hope woven throughout the story that kept Maggie holding on throughout the struggles, pain and guilt that she carried. She proves that if you persevere there is hope for those who are willing to give life a second chance. In addition to all the feels be ready for few unexpected twists that will make you gasp. The only downfall of this story was that parts of it seemed to drag just a little. It is well written and a great storyline, but I had to push through a few parts that were a little slow going. That said, this is a box of tissue kind of book so get ready to experience a heartbreaking emotional read with this one.
Bookladye More than 1 year ago
Spectacular! In Before and Again, Barbara Delinsky has gifted her readers with a novel rich in characters and plot. The story’s winter setting in Vermont was perfect for the storyline. I regretted getting to the end of this book. Hated that the book was at it’s end.